New Buffalo

We took a little vacation this past weekend! It was our first trip with the baby, and it was so nice to get away. I go back to work in less than a week so it was great to spend some time together before life gets a little more complicated. We returned to New Buffalo, Michigan.  New Buffalo has lots of fun things to do for couples, families, groups of women, and groups of friends. We discovered New Buffalo a few years ago and have returned many times since. We have gone as a couple, with friends, with family, and now with our baby! Here are some of my favorite things to do in New Buffalo (and the surrounding areas)!

Redamak’s

Redamak’s is a New Buffalo staple! They have delicious burgers and fries. They also have shakes and tons of other food choices. It is perfect for families and large groups of people.

  
The Town

I forgot to snap a pic, but the town of New Buffalo has lots of cute shops and restaurants. It is not huge or overwhelming and you can go through the shops in a few hours.

The Beach and Harbor 

The harbor and beach are in the town and you can easily walk to them. There are benches everywhere to sit and enjoy the view, and of course, when the water is warmer, the beach is great for swimming.  

 

 

 Wine Tasting

There are wineries all over this area! Pre baby we used to spend the day wine tasting and picnicking at the local wineries. This time we went to a winery for a quick visit, and picked up a bottle for later too. You can even take a wine tour and get shuttled around to various wineries.

Neighboring towns

We love visiting Sawyer and Three Oaks- two nearby towns. They have small local coffee shops, a distillery, and a brewery, and restaurants. We visited Greenbush Brewery for a drink. They also have delicious food!  We also stopped by Staymaker in Three Oaks. Staymaker is a restaurant inside of Journeyman Distillery. It is housed in an old repurposed building that is one of a kind. The craft cocktails and food are delicious!



Restaurants

There are many other great restaurants in New Buffalo! This time we chose eat lunch out and get carry out for dinner because we didn’t want to push it with the baby. We got take out sushi from Song Asian Cuisine, and Mexican from El Rancho Grande the second night. Both were delicious!
Our Vacation Rental

We rented the cutest house! We stayed here Last time too and it is perfect. It is close to town and decorated so nicely. I wish it were ours! We rented it from homeaway.com.

  

All in all New Buffalo is a great place to visit and I can’t wait to return soon!

Colic 

  
My sweet Connor has colic. He takes Zantac for acid reflux but we don’t know what the cause is. I read the Happiest Baby on the Block recently and the Happies Baby Guide to Sleep,  and have been following the ideas and suggestions in the books. The website has lots of great info and the books have even more!  The cause of colic is unknown but whatever the cause or reason, babies cry for at least 3 hours a day 3 times a week. Connor cries a lot! In the beginning it used to freak me out and I would be crying right along with him. Now I am more used to it but it is stressful and I do everything in my power to help him. Thankfully Connor is much better than he used to be but he still has fussy times and even fussy days. For my baby this is what happens and how I try to deal with it. Of course every baby is different! 

Reasons for crying  

Being hungry- I think every baby cries because of this! 

Being in his car seat- he hates it! 

Being overtired- if Connor goes more than 90 minutes awake, he gets overtired and then he can’t seem to settle himself down. 

Overstimulated- Connot doesn’t like loud noises or loud voices, and gets overwhelmed, especially if he is tired. He deals with this by crying. Some babies deal with overstimulation by sleeping and some deal with it by crying. Connor chooses crying! 

Having a tummy ache- when Connor is gassy or has a belly ache he cries. 

Unknown- Connor sometimes cries and we don’t know why!

How we help calm the crying and deal with colic 

The Happiest Baby book talks about the 5 S’s- sway, swaddle, shoosh, side/stomach, suck

Sway- I walk with Connor when he cries. He is heavy! My arms are so tired all the time but it works for him. Sometimes I walk for hours at a time! 

Swaddle- at night we swaddle him so his arms are pinned down. During the day I try to calm down his arms if he is crying. 

Shoosh- I have the white noise app and it helps tremendously!

Side/stomach- when I’m carrying Connor it helps to have him up against me on his side. 

Suck- sometimes he likes a pacifier but not always. 

Tips for dealing with colicky babies if they aren’t yours

It can be hard for family and friends of a colicky baby. It can be stressful and overwhelming when the baby is crying a lot. Here are my tips to anyone who encounters a colicky baby. 

Let the mom or dad calm the baby- many people are tempted to try to calm the baby down and use their parenting skills to try to stop the baby from crying. For me, it makes the situation 1000 times more stressful and overwhelming because the baby gets worked up even further. It is easiest to just let me calm him since I am with him the most. 

Don’t take it personally-it might seem like the baby is crying because of you but it’s not! Babies cry. There is no rhyme or reason to it. And the fact of the matter is, babies usually cry less with their moms than anyone else because, well, it’s their mom! 

Be extra nice to the parents- being a new parent is hard, and being a parent to a colicky baby is really really hard! Give the parents some extra love! :) 

Respect the parents’ wishes- sometimes it’s hard to take Connor out. Sometimes we prefer to stay home because it is easier and works best for him. All parents of babies need to do what is best for the baby first and foremost! 

Know that this is a stage- colic ends eventually, and a happy smiley baby emerges. You will get to play and laugh with the baby eventually. 

Connor is feeling better than he used to and I hope this trend continues! If you have tips for colicky babies please share! 

Return to healthiness

I’ve taken a hiatus from blogging for a while. I’m a little unsure of what direction I want to take the blog, and am considering some different options. I also have a colicky little baby to tend to so I haven’t had much time for anything!
 I have been focusing on my health a lot! Since I’m 11 weeks postpartum I am finally feeling almost like myself again! I’m cleared to exercise moderately and am ready to return to my old self, or a new version of it. 

I am currently in physical therapy because of my rough delivery, so I can’t do much but I’m not letting that bring me down! 

I know I can’t just jump back into my old fitness routines so I’m taking it slow. Right now my daily routine is: 

Walking everyday 

Squats and lunges 

Planks 

Push ups 

Or 

Yoga from Yoga download

Or a stroller strides class or workout dvd 

I’m starting small and can’t wait to be back in shape enough to return to running and hot yoga! 

In terms of eating my plan is: 

Veggies and/or fruit with each meal

Lots of water

One treat a day- either a small glass of wine or a piece of chocolate so I don’t feel deprived 

So far that’s it! Nothing crazy or super disciplined since I’m navigating mommy hood and also nursing so I can’t restrict calories at all. I have decided to be happy with my new body. Yes it’s curvier and I weigh more than I used to but it is for good reason!